How Old Are Your Tires? | New Orleans Auto Care

When you need new tires, see the New Orleans auto care experts at Twin Tire.

It's that time of year when thousands of people start thinking about road trips. whether it's going to visit family over the holidays or going to have a fun winter weekend away from the stresses of work and the holiday season. That's a cue that it's time to make sure your car is in shape for the trip. Especially the tires. And especially if they're older.

"For years, people have relied on a tire's tread depth to determine its condition. But the rubber compounds in a tire deteriorate with time, regardless of the condition of the tread. An old tire poses a safety hazard," Edmunds.com says.

Edmunds explains that tires eventually develop cracks while they're being driven. Those cracks "may appear on the surface and inside the tire as well. This cracking can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire." If that happens while you're driving, the results can be catastrophic.

But, you say, you don't drive much - just to work and Pelican games. But that doesn't matter. As Edmunds says, "nothing stops the effects of time on rubber." But it's hard to know just how often to replace your tires if you don't drive your car a lot. Some manufacturers, Edmunds says, suggest consumers replace tires six years after their production date, regardless of tread life. Others say a tire can last up to 10 years, provided you get annual tire inspections after the fifth year.

The best thing you can do is talk with the New Orleans auto care experts at Twin Tire Auto Care. They can look at your tires and help you decide what's best - and safest - for you, your car and your tires. If you need new tires, then the certified New Orleans auto care professionals at Twin Tire carry all makes, sizes, and style of tire to fit any driving need.

Twin Tire has been the trusted New Orleans auto care and auto repair service center since 1973. Twin Tire has three convenient New Orleans auto care and auto repair service centers to help you - MarreroHarvey and Hammond. Twin Tire also has a New Orleans auto repair and auto care location in Harahan for heavy commercial vehicles.

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